Souths veteran announces his retirement at the end of the season

Matt King

He might have only spent a few seasons with them but the impact he had on the club and the fans was a big one, as Souths veteran utility back Matt King has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the season.

King, who turned 33 last week, made his first-grade debut 10 years ago for the Melbourne Storm and has since played in 203 NRL games, won an NRL premiership in 2007, back-to-back Challenge Cup titles with Super League side the Warrington Wovles in 2009 and 2010 and the League Leaders trophy in 2011.

In addition to that, King represented Australia ten times, NSW nine times Country Origin three times and was also a member of the 2011 ESL Exiles squad.

Although he is retiring as a player, King harbours an ambition to remain involved in the game of rugby league in some capacity.

For King, it has been the belief that the coaches have shown in him throughout his years as a player that has helped him most, as well as the support he has received from his family and friends.

“First of all I would like to thank Craig Bellamy, Tony Smith and of course Michael Maguire,” King said.

“They have all helped me greatly in achieving my goals over the years.

“Then I would like to thank every team mate I’ve ever played with, right back electronic cigarettes uk to the under 7s at the Casino Cougars.

“I’d also like to thank anyone that loves the game of Rugby League, because those people are the ones that make it such a privilege for us few who get the opportunity to represent them for our Clubs, our states and our countries.

“And last but not least ,I want to thank my Mum and Dad, my brothers and sister, and most importantly my wife Kirsten and our two girls Charlie and Willow. It’s been an amazing ride and I’m glad I’ve been able to share it all with them.

With the South Sydney Rabbitohs well and truly still in the finals race, King says he is focused and committed on doing what he can to ensure the Bunnies achieve as much as possible in 2013, with one eye on his future and life after footy.

“In saying all of that, we still have a job to do here at the Rabbitohs for the rest of the season and I’m looking forward to playing my role in helping us achieve the highest honours we can this year,” said King.

“I will look forward to the next chapter in my life once this season is over and hopefully I can maintain a connection with the sport I love in Rugby League, and the Club I’ve grown to love over the past two years in South Sydney.”

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